Features Region: Southeast

Dan Gordon – Mingledorff’s

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For the past 84 years, Mingledorff’s of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, has provided equipment, parts and services to heating, ventilation and air conditioning dealers and contractors throughout the Southeast. In 2022, it pulled in over $800 million in revenue. Yet, leadership and executives have their sights set much higher with the plans of reaching a billion […]

Lisa Boland – Loudoun County Public Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As the new academic year gets underway in Loudoun County, Virginia, around 100 posters festoon the walls of rooms where teachers and staffers gather. “We spread good vibes @ Loudoun County Public Schools,” the posters declare on an abstract background that reminds of Peter Max. Colored pencils strategically placed near each one, everyone can embellish […]

Julia Moreno – PenFed Credit Union

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a competitive hiring market with the most successful companies being creative and forward thinking on recruiting and retaining talent. But with capable people in such demand and the workplace having changed so significantly since the onset of COVID-19, how does an employer, especially a large one, get a leg up? Partially by harnessing technology […]

Susan Brewer – Gray, Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When tornadoes and floods tore across Kentucky in the midst of pandemic quarantines and chaos, the CEO of Gray, Inc., grabbed his chainsaws and sent a text to other leadership saying he was heading out to help coworkers and others in need—welcoming anyone who wanted to join him. Many of Gray’s team members did and […]

Nichole Hahn – Valiant Integrated Services

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Nichole Hahn had more than 20 years of experience leading human resources, 16 of them supporting more than 3,000 employees in the government services division of engineering giant AECOM when she was recruited to join Valiant Integrated Services in January 2019.  Her experience made Hahn a good fit for Valiant, which provides services such as […]

Andy Wright – Day & Zimmermann

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In 1914, Philadelphia-based Day & Zimmermann designed the machine used to wrap the foil around Hershey’s iconic chocolate Kisses. Just three years earlier, the company had set records hauling the concrete to build the Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks. Then, in the 1930s, it was part of the effort to bring electricity to America’s rural areas.  […]

Lawson Horton – Vital Records Control

Est. reading time: 3 mins

Lawson Horton has worked for Vital Records Control for 25 years, but he didn’t experience his biggest challenge until 2017.  That’s when VRC, which manages and stores paper and electronic files and data for businesses and provides IT consulting services, was acquired by a private equity group.   As senior vice president of human resources, Horton […]

Jennifer Foreman – Charter Schools USA

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By spring, Jennifer Foreman and her colleagues will be paging through the results of an employee-engagement survey that began in mid-January. It’s just the most recent project Foreman has either initiated or expanded at Charter Schools USA since the fall of 2021 when she became chief human resources officer of this education management organization that, […]

Kendra Harouff – Pye-Barker Fire & Safety

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Kendra Harouff says it could be a birthday or engagement announcement appearing in Pye-Barker Fire & Safety’s monthly newsletter. It could also be a list of promotions and awards, or an article encouraging employees to support community activities, such as a local food bank. Whatever the topic, Harouff says her aim is to make Pye-Barker […]

Troy Heflin – Volvo Financial Services

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Embrace change and don’t fear vulnerability. Those words may not fully summarize Troy Heflin’s career in human resources, but they have been at the forefront of his work at Volvo Financial Services over the past eight years. Heflin, the senior vice president of people and culture at VFS, is helping leadership and employees thrive as […]

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